Students practice speaking the grammar point while playing tic-tac-toe with a partner.

Submitted by rebvandev

October 22, 2020

Inspired: Tic-Tac-Toe ( Present Perfect Continuous Version)

Estimated time: 25 minutes

This can work for a variety of grammar points: can/can't, does/doesn't, present perfect, etc.

The goal is to get as many points as possible. Students get a point by marking four squares in a row, whether it be horizontally, diagonally, or vertically. I usually let them play for about 5-7 minutes, and then I have them write two sentences at the bottom.

  1. Demonstrate with the JTE
  2. Practice the phrases/words they'll use during the game (especially Spanish, French, German, chopsticks, and whistle)
  3. Make a pair
  4. Play rock-scissors-paper. The winner can speak first.
  5. Each player chooses a colored pen/marker/pencil to mark the paper with.
  6. Students take turns making sentences and marking their paper.
  7. After about 5-7 minutes are up, they count how many 4-marks-in-a-row they have. Whoever has the most is the winner!
  8. Once they're done, they write 2 sentences they used during the game at the bottom of the paper.

I don't think I made the original of this, but I don't remember because I've used it for a couple of years now and have edited it a lot along the way. If you see something with the same pictures on this site, let me know so I can add credit!

  • UonumaRobert October 23, 2020

    This is like that game connect four, right? Looks good.

  • rebvandev October 23, 2020

    It's similar, yes! It's like Connect Four but they can play any square instead of stacking from the bottom up. I also let them keep playing until they fill up the sheet instead of stopping after someone gets just one point. And thank you!

  • RedPhoenix May 12, 2021

    Thanks for this activity. I have enjoyed using this with the 1st graders. I made some modification to suit the 3rd grade present perfect continuous lesson. Thank you for this inspiration.

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